Thumping Jash Dash
Patidar junior stars in quickfire victory
continued his early season form with an unbeaten 70 to propel Sidmouth 3rd XI to an eight-wicket victory over Braunton 2nd XI.
Demonstrating his all-round talents, he bowled a lively eight-over spell to claim 2-30, figures eclipsed by fellow 16-year-old Jordan Fowler
who took 3-19 in seven overs as Braunton faltered to 127-8 after reaching a promising 89-1.
Braunton elected to bat first, a decision that seemed to be fully vindicated despite the early departure of Ed Holmes, dismissed lbw by his namesake Wesley in his first over.
Tom Taylor, with a stylish 44, and Gary Brooks, contributing a solid 39, put together an 87-run second wicket partnership that threatened to provide the base for an assault on the Sidmouth attack in the last quarter of the innings.
But both fell to off-spinner Fowler and the next five wickets went meekly for 15 runs to left armer Graham Munday
and Patidar, in his second spell.
The wicket-takers stole the attention from opening bowler Lee Clayden
who created early pressure with an eight-over spell which included three maidens and cost 11 runs.
opened the Sidmouth innings with Patidar and they had 50 on the board after seven overs. Moore's dismissal for 28, including four fours and a six, brought Declan Lines
to the crease for the first time this season after a winter in Australia which looked to have honed his technique. When he was lbw for 13 Sidmouth were only 20 runs shy of victory and Tom Wainwright
helped Patidar, who struck nine fours and a six, to complete the job in 19 overs.
Patidar has scores of 51, 33 and 70 not out in the team's three wins from three outings which see Sidmouth comfortably topping F Division East ahead of a trip along the coast to Seaton.